The House of Peace by Kyle Fite
Although we’ve undergone a period of silence in our reporting, the Space Hoodoo Numisgnostic Lab remains operative and in full swing.
Most recently, we visited with a dear friend who is preparing for his passage from this world to the next. Despite a body eaten up with cancer and painfully dissolving day by day, he remained cheerful and clear in his Faith, happy to see us and falling asleep to dream of his Father in Heaven.
That evening, we found a Penny on the pavement. It was immediately associated with our visit and asked us to flip it.
As our friend is a devout member of the Baha’i Faith, I worked with ink and watercolor to depict the image of the Baha’i Ringstone. In the center, we placed the coin connected with our visit and presented it to him on his first day at Hospice Inpatient Care.
The Baha’i Ringstone, depicting the Connection of the “Above” with the “Below” through the flowing of the Holy Spirit
There will be more to this story down the line but I think it’s a small example of how Numisgnostic Magnetism happens and how a Talisman can be simply made “on the spot.”
My 11 year old, who is also part of the Corrosion Corp, was gifted during this time with an artflip I had prepared for him as part of an ongoing video game series.
I had also just cashed in a glass jalapeno jar filled with searched pennies and received payment from the bank in 18 new rolls. There was no slackin’ and we got crackin’.
From the first roll, my son immediately plucked a wheat (I swear, he has the magical ability to materialize these just because he wants ’em). My own roll yieled up a 1990 penny from…the Bahamas. Although my tired eyes are increasingly loupe-reliant, I could tell from a glance at my freshly spilled pile of pennies that “one of these things is not like the others.” Occasionally, a Canadian cent will sneak into a bank roll but a coin from the Bahamas?
A first for us…and fit to flip.
Alongside this was a 1969 D with the oddest mint mark placement I’ve seen. Set it aside for further research.
Coin work can be a lonely affair, the intrepid numismatic sorting and searching in silence as time stretches long past the witching hour.
Or it can be a party.
In our case, party it was. Lots of fun talk as we worked our way through coinage and filled gaps in the Whitman folders. This led to discussion of oxidation, cleaning copper and Picasso sending his kids to pee on his sculptures (which, of course, could only lead to internet research on how to rainbow coins with a blowtorch…subsequent science experiments immediately followed!).
Yes, if you give an enthusiastic 11 year old coin collector a pair of pliers and a butane lighter, this may happen!
To enter the World of Numisgnosis is easy. One simply has to take an interest in coins.
In our Bahamas Starfish, I saw a wonderful relief expressing the Vision mystic Aleister Crowley had in New Hampshire:
“I lost consciousness of everything but an universal space in which were innumerable bright points, and I realized that this was a physical representation of the universe, in what I may call its essential structure. Nothingness, with twinkles…but what twinkles!“
He goes on to elaborate his vision (see his “Yoga for Yellowbellies”) and the stunning wonder he beheld, I saw in this small bit of metal.
“A World in a Grain of Sand.”
Not too shabby for a night at the table with a few rolls of coins.
We all swim in a Sea of Stars and may always find the Great in the Small.